Naperville’s Got Talent

It appears Naperville’s got talent. Children from a performing arts center in Naperville and two local roller dancers were asked to audition for the popular TV show America’s Got Talent.

Children from the Xilin Chinese Art Center in Naperville will showcase two programs for the audition. Flying Horses, which is an up-tempo modern routine and Wa Mountains, which is an older style dance with more traditional Chinese music.

“I think this is a very good opportunity for Xilin Art Center, also for the teacher for the girls to promote the Chinese culture in the community we live,” said assistant coach Li Huang. “It’s a great experience to do teamwork.”

Ralph Taylor and Karen Trimble are a competitive roller dancing duo who have been skating together for more than a year. The pair hung up their skates for more than 35 years, but were able to skate their way to the national competition this past year. Their routine will be a combination of blues, waltz, tango, and polka.

“My excitement goes from euphoria to panic in about five seconds,” said Taylor. “We’ve talked it over and we’ve decided we are going to send the audition tape in and just let the chips fall where they may.”

Ralph and Karen have to have their audition tape in by the end of January and the performers at the Xilin Art Center find out if they’re on to the second round by the end of the month.


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